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In February the Pritzker Architecture Prize—regarded as architecture's highest honor—was awarded to Wang Shu (b. 1963), whose firm, Amateur Architecture Studio, is based in Hangzhou, China. On the eve of the formal ceremony in Beijing, Eduard Koegel explores the themes of tradition and modernity in the work of Wang Shu.

Schollglas, The Crystal

Products21. May 2012
By: John Hill
Schollglas provided glass for the aptly named "Crystal", the headquarters for Nykredit Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The double-walled façade of insulated and patterned-laminated glass gives the building its distinctive, layered transparency.
OMA has unveiled its design for the new Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow's Gorky Park. The project is a renovation of the 1960s-era Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant.

MAXXI Museum may Close

Headlines 7. May 2012
By: John Hill
The Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI Museum in Rome may close in response to a large hole in the institution's accounts. The museum, which opened only two years ago, won the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Developer L&L Holding Co. is holding an invited design competition for a skyscaper to replace a 1950s tiered glass box at 425 Park Avenue in New York City.
The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2012 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines.
An exhibition and conference focusing on artists Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger will take place the second week of May in Switzerland.

Der Lauf der Dinge

Film 7. May 2012
By: John Hill
In memory of Swiss artist David Weiss, who died on April 27, 2012: Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go), an artwork done with longtime collaborator Peter Fischli.

Studio Visit: Cannon Design

Insight 7. May 2012
By: John Hill
A studio visit to Cannon Design's St. Louis, Missouri, office, housed in an old power station. Principal George Nikolajevich gave World-Architects a tour.

Pac Man

Products 7. May 2012
By: John Hill
For the second year, Portuguese architects Bruno André and Francisco Salgado Ré (together known as AND-RÉ) have won the Iberian Urban Equipment Prize. Last year AND-RÉ won for the lighting design “Verso,” and this year's award in the “urban furniture” category is for their “Pac Man” recycling bins.